This is episode 188 of crankygeeks. Here is the episode page description:
Run time 31:12Producer pcmagAudio/Visual sound, colorLanguage English
FTC Guns for Blogger Shills, Are Online Writers Trigger Happy?, Rupert Murdoch vs. Google, AT&T's Concessions, and more...
What's new in Episode 188
Sebastian Rupley, Co-Crank, Editor, GigaOm.com
Jason Hiner, Editor-in-Chief, TechRepublic
Tom Merritt, Executive Editor, CNET
Rupert Murdoch Says Google is Stealing His Content
Newsweek reports that Rupert Murdoch gave a speech to media executives in Beijing decrying that search engines -- in particular Google -- are stealing from him, because Google links to his stories but doesn't pay News Corp. to do so. "It will be the content creators who will pay the ultimate price," Murdoch said.
AT&T Concedes Network Challenges
AT&T Wireless CEO Ralph de la Vega bemoaned the disproportionate wireless bandwidth usage of iPhone users in a speech to wireless industry professionals at last week's CTIA show. Many users complain about the performance and availability of AT&T's service on the iPhone, and AT&T's exclusive deal with Apple as sole U.S. wireless provider ends next year. Will Apple seek other service providers?
FTC Guns for Blogger Shills
Last episode, we discussed how the FTC is coming after bloggers who accept payola, slapping them with $11,000 fines for dubious paid reviews. Dan Costa from PCMag.com says that the FTC is tilting at windmills. "Part of my problem with the FTC is that it sees a line between blogs and traditional media that does not exist," he writes.
Are Online Writers Trigger Happy?
A recent story on ZDNet accused Yahoo of sharing the names and emails of 200,000 users with the Iranian government. Problem is, the report was completely false. "Journalists get caught up in the moment; we get excited and we post stupid crap from a foreign language student blog," writes Paul Carr. Are bloggers and journalists too trigger happy?
Dvorak's Apple Tablet Theories
I recently wrote a column about Apple's rumored tablet. Will it be an e-reader? An iPhone on steroids? Or perhaps--both? Speculation is running rampant, and Apple has rehired the person behind the original Newton PDA device. Tablets haven't fared so well with users, so is Apple really going to do one?